Community Update for Week of 9/26/2022

Update to Residents on 9/27/2022

Change in COVID Booster Vaccine Dates

Due to unforeseen circumstances, our planned COVID Booster Vaccine Dates have been changed. We had previously announced our target dates were October 7 and 11 and the first week of November.

Our confirmed COVID Booster Dates with CVS Pharmacy will now take place the week of October 31-November 4.

We apologize for this delay but remain grateful for the willingness of the Oberlin CVS Pharmacy Staff to come to our campus for this COVID Booster Clinic. As we get closer to these dates, we will communicate again with everyone about who would like to be scheduled for their COVID Booster here on our campus. 

COVID Booster Vaccines are readily available at local pharmacies. We have had residents report they have easily received the COVID Booster Vaccine at both Oberlin Discount Drug Mart and the Oberlin CVS.

     CVS Pharmacy: 

     Discount Drug Mart:

     Walgreens Pharmacy:

If you receive your COVID Booster Vaccine off campus, please bring a record of this to the Kendal Health and Wellness Clinic-THANK YOU!

Note for SCC residents: CVS will begin COVID Booster Vaccinations for SCC residents on October 7. 

Annual Influenza Vaccine

Kendal has ordered supplies to provide the annual influenza vaccine to all Kendal at Oberlin residents and staff. Sufficient quantities have been ordered for both the high dose quadrivalent and standard dose quadrivalent vaccines. We will announce our Annual Flu Vaccine Clinics as soon as our supplies arrive, typically by mid-October.

Afternoon Exchange

Thursday, Sept 29, 4 PM in the Auditorium (and on KOTV.) Barbara Thomas will be presenting a trial run of the content being used at an upcoming panel presentation at the Florence Celler Gerontology Conference later in October. The session is “Caring for Older Adults in a time of COVID: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – and the Path Forward.”  No doubt you will recognize what we have been living through since Feb. 2020. (Her Co-Presenters will be Keith Armitage, MD, University Hospitals, A View from Acute Care and Douglas Beach, CEO of Western Reserve Area Agency, Community Response to the Needs of Older Adults).

Oberlin College Recreation Memberships Starting

We are seeking interested residents and staff who would like to have a year membership to use Oberlin College’s Recreation Center. We are able to hold a “corporate membership” by bringing in groups of 7 people at a time. Please call Larry Thompson (775-9885) in Kendal’s HR office if you would like to be in registered groups for a membership to start this fall. This is a great value for under a $100/year.

A Big Thank You to all who contributed to the basket raffle fundraiser for the Alzheimer Association!

We exceeded our goal and raised over $2200. The Kendal at Oberlin Walk team enjoyed a beautiful morning at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s event. If anyone wishes to make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association yet this year, please write “Kendal at Oberlin” in the memo line of the check to have it counted toward the Kendal community’s contribution.  We have until the end of December to add to our team’s total contributions. 

New Package Notification method

The Front Desk staff (Karen and Michelle) have noticed an increase in seemingly lost packages as well as package slips in boxes where there is no corresponding package. We have taken this to heart as this is one of our duties throughout the day and we want it to be correct for residents! At least twice a week we go through any unclaimed packages to make sure all slips have a corresponding package and vice versa. But there still seems to be an ongoing problem. After careful study we have several solutions that may help the situation.

Solution #1: We have created new gold package slips – with your box number on it. These will be put in your open mailbox when you receive a package from Amazon, FedEx, or UPS. Please be sure to return your personal gold package slip to the receptionist, or just place it on the reception desk after you retrieve your package.

For packages delivered by the US Postal Service, the US mail carrier will still use the regular gold paper package slips – putting those slips into your locked mailbox. As we hope to have a regular US mail carrier again soon, we also hope the pink slips for medications will similarly be used to correctly notify residents of all packages received from the US mail.

If this first attempt doesn’t work, we have other approaches to try. Meanwhile, please help us by:

  • Make sure you have the correct slip for your unit/mailbox.
    • If the number on the slip doesn’t correspond to your unit, please make sure you have not mistakenly taken it from a neighboring box.
    • If the number on the slip doesn’t match your unit, please put it in the correct box.
  • Hand the package slips back to the reception desk.
  • Ask us for help if you need help locating your package.
    • Sometimes there is a lot of clutter from the number of packages, making it difficult to navigate the area.
    • The print on the labels can be very small or smudged making it hard to read.
    • We’re happy to help you!

Thank you! – Karen Wright & Michelle Vincent

Fitness Center Updates

Introducing Claire Regan! Please take a moment to welcome Claire. She is our new, full time Fitness Instructor. She has a background in strength training, fitness instruction, personal training, and is a certified Corrective Exercise Specialist.

The pool monitor program

The pool monitor program is in its final stages of organization. It will be starting on Sunday, October 30th, so keep your eye on your email. We will send out all the details soon.

New Classes will start the week of October 30th as well. Stay tuned!

Doggie Do

This popular community event returns to Tappan Square on Saturday, October 1. Dogs (on leashes) and dog-lovers are welcome at this free festival that has been dormant due to the pandemic.

Be Ready to Vote on or before November 8

(submitted by Ann Francis)

Voter Information & Assistance Day

Tuesday, October 4, 2022. Stop by Heiser Lounge between 1:00 & 3:00 P.M. Check your voter status. Update or Register to Vote. Complete an Absentee Ballot Application. View the General Election Ballot.  Fill Out Concerned Voter Cards.  Ask questions.

Voter Election Info Chat

Tuesday, October 25, 2022 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm in the Crossroads: Ann Francis and Mary Van Nortwick will facilitate a chat with residents about the November 8 ballot. The chat is intended to be informational and non-partisan. The focus will be on ballot issues and candidates that you may not know about and answering questions about voting in the General Election. 

Oberlin Community Candidates Night video

Here is the YouTube link for the Oberlin Community Candidates Night video for those residents who couldn’t make it to the event:


Governor Mike DeWine’s regular COVID Press Conferences:

COVID STATISTICS as of 9/27/2022  
VACCINATIONS# VaccinatedPopulation% of Pop
Kendal at Oberlin vaccinations 
Residents Vaccinated340340100.0%
Staff Vaccinated (some have Medical or Religious Exemption)22122399.1%
Total Residents + Staff vaccinated56156399.6%
Lorain County (Vaccinations Started)210,92168.0%
Ohio (Vaccinations Started)7,465,58563.8%
KENDAL AT OBERLIN – COVID CASES (Cumulative)9/20/2022Increase 
Independent Living Resident Cases330 
Stephens Care Center – Residential Care120 
Stephens Care Center – Skilled Nursing20 
   Residents Subtotal47 
SCC Staff and Volunteer Cases912 
Other Staff Cases673 
   Staff Subtotal158 
Total Residents + Staff205 
** Current Isolation, COVID Positive4 
** Total COVID Beyond Isolation203 
LORAIN COUNTY – COVID CASES (Cumulative)9/23/2022Increase 
Total in Zip Code 440742,47410 
Total Lorain County – Probable and Confirmed Cases80,607557 
Current CDC Lorain County Positivity Rate (measures entire population with results to ODH)9.8%HIGH
Total Lorain County941 
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings307 
Age Range Breakdown:  20-29: 5.  30-39: 7.  40-49: 23.  50-59: 73.  60-69: 189.  70-79: 264.  80+: 380
CUYAHOGA COUNTY – COVID CASES (Cumulative)9/23/2022  
Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)226,297 
Cleveland Cases93,856 
Total Cleveland + Cuyahoga County320,153 
New Cases for Cleveland + Cuyahoga County1,595 
Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)3,111 
Total Cleveland + Cuyahoga County4,132 
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings990 
OHIO 9/22/2022% 
21-Day Average of New Cases18,940 
Total Cases3,131,645 
Age Range of all Cases 
Median Age of all Cases38 
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)126,379 
Median Age of all Hospitalized65 
21-Day Average of Hospitalizations551 
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)14,220 
21-Day Average of ICU Admissions42 
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed114,7464% 
Total Tested in Ohio22,272,602 
Total Ohio Resident Deaths39,767 
Median Age of Deaths77 
21-Day Average of Deaths92 
Total Deaths in Ohio Long Term Care Settings9,262  

Contact Information

If you have any questions or concerns,  please contact Stacy Terrell, Chief Health Services Officer, at 440-775-9811